Behind The Name: Gorilla Glue

Written by BlackbirdGo January 2, 2018
The Plant

Reading “Gorilla Glue” on a dispensary’s menu of cannabis strains may suggest a promise of gooey fingers caked in resin. And while that’s certainly an enticing image for any cannabis consumer or grower, the Gorilla Glue moniker was first trademarked as a commercially available adhesive. Because of this, GG Strains LLC, the Nevada-based breeding business that developed this strain of marijuana, ran into some legal trouble with the adhesive giant that makes the actual Gorilla Glue.

On September 9, 2017, the two parties settled on a deal that will force GG Strains to rebrand their cannabis line but will spare them any financial restitutions and further legal battles that were initially being considered. As part of the settlement, GG Strains will be changing the names of their strains to avoid any possible confusion or suggestion of endorsement by the adhesive company.

Since September, the breeders have begun to rebrand their flagship strain Gorilla Glue #4 as GG4 or Original Glue. Their phenotype Gorilla Glue #5 will be known as GG5 or New Glue, and Gorilla Glue #1 will be named GG1 or Sister Glue.


Although GG4 is known for its sticky texture, the first thing you’ll notice about this strain is its pungent smell. It’s got an earthy, piney scent with some slight citrusy and sour undertones. That’s due in part to the terpene profile of this strain. Terpenes are the hydrocarbons that give marijuana buds their fragrance and taste - basically the essential oils of the cannabis plant. The terpene profile of a given strain will vary from one batch to another, but GG4 generally has high concentrations of the following terpenes:
* Beta-caryophyllene - also found in balsam firs and black pepper, this terpene delivers the spicy, woodsy scent in GG4.
* Limonene - these hydrocarbons emit the zesty scent associated with lemons, oranges, and other citrus fruits.
* Nerolidol - another citrus fragrance, this terpene is also found in orange peels.
* Myrcene - also found in hops, this terpene is what gives beer its earthy, spicy, piney aroma and flavor.


The well-balanced hybrid effects of GG4 are due in part to this strain’s genetics. It’s bred from three popular parent strains that cannabis connoisseurs may recognize:
* Chem Sister - a sativa-dominant Chemdawg phenotype.
* Sour Dubb - a cross between Sour Diesel (sativa) and Sour Bubble (indica; Bubblegum phenotype).
* Chocolate Diesel - a hybrid that combines the sativa Sour Diesel and either Chocolate Thai or Chocolate Trip (Chocolate Thai crossed with Indigo Diamond).

There’s clearly a strong sativa influence in this plant’s genetics, but the indica part of this strain’s lineage gives GG4 consumers a relaxing, body-heavy experience.


Cannabis consumers looking for a true hybrid are sure to enjoy the even effects of GG4. Whether you’re seeking the soaring head high of a sativa strain or the sedative power of an indica strain, GG4 will provide a stress-free experience that leaves your body and mind wrapped in relief.

Because of the strong sativa genetics in this strain’s lineage, you might expect GG4 to provide a very head-heavy experience. While it certainly delivers a stoney head high, this strain lacks the clarity and focus that come with a true sativa. Instead, GG4 delivers an initial blast of euphoria that gradually subsides into an even, full-body relaxation. This strain eases stress quickly and efficiently, making it an excellent strain of marijuana for anxiety relief.

Individual results may vary, but GG4 has proven highly effective at combating gastrointestinal disorders like IBS and Crohn’s Disease. Cramps, indigestion, and nausea are no match for the physical relief and sharpened appetite that you’ll get from GG4. This strain may be ideal for anyone using marijuana for pain. It’s also great for restless nights or for consumers looking for a strong “couch-lock” effect.

GG4 has become an incredibly popular strain among both medical cannabis users and recreational users, with a resinous bud structure that will leave your fingertips sticky with trichomes. The balanced effects between cerebral invigoration and body relaxation make this strain a superb choice for afternoon or evening consumption, but be aware that you may want to wash your hands after rolling a joint of this flower.